God is our guide to the very end of our lives. This is a promise on which all God’s creation may stand, as Psalm 48:14 says: “For this God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.” In all seasons of our lives, and especially in the times in which we are living today, we all need God’s counsel, wisdom and guidance. In Isaiah 33:6, the prophet says: “He will be the security of your times, and strength of salvation, wisdom, and knowledge; the fear of Jehovah is his treasure.”
God’s promises are our best pleas in prayer! After all, He knows our heart and needs. We must therefore pray earnestly to God for His wisdom and grace to empower us. We must realise the privileges of His promises and covenant benefits which will lead us to the plan of His heart to all our generations; His purposes that are known only to Him, His glory and His kingdom. King David, in his praise to the Lord in Psalm 145:18-20 sings:
“The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.”
The watchful eye of the God and His favour are upon those who fear Him, those who hope for His mercy. He will fulfill the desire of those who worship Him in truth and with reverence. He looks upon them as a father to his children, as a bridegroom to his bride. The Lord protects His people from dangers and destruction from the wicked. These are those whose faith is unshaken; those who wait upon Him and who have hope in Him, for salvation and eternity.
The Lord blesses His righteous and provides for their needs. He hears and answers their earnest prayers; He is their help in times of need. As Psalm 33:18-20 reads:
“Behold, the eye of Jehovah is to those who fear Him, on those who hope in His mercy; to deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. Our soul waits for Jehovah; He is our help and our shield.”
Just like King Solomon, we all need godly wisdom, understanding and discernment in our lives. These are the desires of all God loving and God fearing people. We need the divine knowledge which enables us to discern between good and bad; right and wrong; sin and duty; truth and falsehood; so as to protect us from deception of the enemy and our own fleshy natures. By his choice, Solomon seems to desire to be good, more than to be great; to serve God’s honour, more than his own advancement, as in his prayer, he sought the Lord in Second Chronicles 1:9-12. A prayer answered by his and our, faithful God:
“O LORD God, let your word to David my father be now fulfilled, for you have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth. Give me now wisdom and knowledge to go out and come in before this people, for who can govern this people of yours, which is so great?” God answered Solomon, “Because this was in your heart, and you have not asked possessions, wealth, honour, or the life of those who hate you, and have not even asked long life, but have asked wisdom and knowledge for yourself that you may govern my people over whom I have made you king, wisdom and knowledge are granted to you. I will also give you riches, possessions, and honour, such as none of the kings had who were before you, and none after you shall have the like.”
During my prayer, the Lord led me to His Word of Wisdom for times such as these, which I now share with you. As God gave King Solomon the wisdom which he asked for – because he asked for it, I pray that the Lord’s Words below will also help His people to prepare for the turbulent times ahead, till our Lord and Saviour comes again:
Proverbs 19:21 – “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”
Proverbs 19:11 – “A man’s wisdom gives him patience; it is his glory to overlook offense.”
Proverbs 19:23 – “The fear of the LORD leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.”
Proverbs 20:5 – “The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.”
Proverbs 21:21– “He who pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honour.”
Proverbs 20:7 – “The righteous man leads a blameless life; blessed are his children after him.”
Proverbs 21:20 – “In the house of the wise are stores of choice food and oil, but a foolish man devours all he has.”
Proverbs 21:4 – “Humility and the fear of the Lord brings wealth and honour and life.”
Proverbs 21:9 – “A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food for the poor.”
Proverbs 21:11 –“He who loves a pure heart and whose speech is gracious will have a king for his friend.”
Psalm 3: 21-26 – “My son, preserve sound judgement and discernment, do not let them out of your sight; they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck; then you will go on your way to safety, and your foot will not stumble.
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtake the wicked; for the Lord will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being ensnared. God’s goodness never ends and we declare that when God is on our side, who can go against Him?”
In our times of increasing deception and darkness, we need to be deep rooted in the Word of God. Let us therefore first remember, with praise and thanksgiving, that God has made us all ‘overcomers’. He confirms this for us in First John 5:4 saying: “For everyone who has been born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” Similarly, ”God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind (Second Timothy 1:7).
As born-again Christians, may we all also remember the Word of God in James 1:2-5 which says:
”Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”
Amen and Amen!